Don’t expect Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to provoke the kind of media firestorm that has engulfed his neighbor to the south, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. That’s because Mr. Snyder, a fellow Republican, seems almost allergic to hot-button political debates.
And yet, that aversion hasn’t stopped the soft-spoken Michigan governor from carving out his own provocative niche inside the GOP as a Republican who often seems eager to stray from the party’s conservative orthodoxy.
The Michigan governor proudly supports controversial education standards known as Common Core. He has tried to avoid fights with organized labor. And he wants to see his state generate more electricity from renewable sources of energy.
The Republicans are awash in governors and former governors (and senators) eyeing the White House. One governor who
seems to be bucking that trend is Michigan’s Rick Snyder. But he offers a perspective on what ails the national political culture that the others could benefit from hearing.
Snyder, a former business executive, has been described as an unorthodox politician who plays the game differently than many of his contemporaries. He governs conservatively but says he tries not to make ideology his principal calling card.